Watch Live: Supporting Students in Baltimore and Beyond

This Thursday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. join NBC News and WBAL-TV for a live forum, “Supporting Our Students: It Takes Everyone.” UMBC alumnus Joseph T. Jones, Jr. ‘06, social work, founder, president, and CEO of Center for Urban Families will be participating in a panel called “Parents are Powerful,” discussing parental engagement and the ways in which Baltimore City and County are aiming to increase parent involvement. You can participate in live Facebook chats with the panelists.

The forum is a project of Parent Toolkit, an online, interactive resource for parents to help them “navigate their child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school.” Full of tips and guides, as well as growth charts and expert advice, it’s a place for parents to stay involved in their children’s education.

This special event takes place at the Baltimore Museum of Art and will be moderated by Rehema Ellis, NBC News Chief Education Correspondent, along with Dr. Tim Tooten, WBAL-TV Education Reporter.

Make sure to tune in live via parenttoolkit.com on Thursday and spread the word using #SOSevery1.

Expanding the Map

Joan Kang Shin’s approach to teaching English as a foreign language embraces children and community on a global scale.

Imagine that you’re an experienced high school teacher in a country like Pakistan, Serbia, or Colombia. Your specialty is English as a foreign language. Your school doesn’t have many resources, but you have a good rapport with your students, and you’re proud of what you do.

Then one day your government announces that English as a foreign language (EFL) classes will now be required for all students beginning in elementary school. You are yanked from your familiar high school setting into a room full of squirming 7- and 8-year-olds still learning the basics of their native tongues. You are willing to give it a try, but you have no idea how to start.s14-feat-expanding

This scenario has played out in EFL classrooms around the world in the last decade, as national ministries of education introduce mandatory English classes at younger and younger ages. And a remarkable number of those displaced teachers – hundreds of teachers from more than a dozen countries – have turned to Joan Kang Shin ’99, M.A., instructional development, and ’08, Ph.D., languages, literacy and culture, for advice and support to make the transition.

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